[Foundation-l] Ombudsman commission

effe iets anders effeietsanders at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 16:09:32 UTC 2009

Hm, I always saw the ombudsman commission as a commission very different and
seperate from the whole commission structure. If I recall correctly, it was
mainly to fill a Real Gap, namely an option to file complaints for breach of
privacy policy. I think this clearly defined mission is quite different from
for instance communication committee, special projects committee and
chapters committee, which are much more vaguely defined, no clear purposes
and with vague membership and authority to the outer world. As I saw and see
it, is the ombudsman commission a replacement for a real ombudsman, a place
to file complaints without having to go to court.

Therefore, I'd like to plea to remain this structure if there are no
complaints about that as such, no matter what happens to the commission
structure as a whole.

Best regards,


2009/1/2 Michael Snow <wikipedia op verizon.net>

> Eia wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > A few days ago, the term for the ombudsman commission expired.
> > Unfortunately, I missed an announcement about the commission for 2009.
> Could
> > someone clarify who will be the 2009 members, and where the announcement
> > (will be/is) made?
> >
> We're currently reevaluating the ombudsman commission as part of a
> larger rethinking of the committee system that was established some
> years ago, before the foundation had much in the way of staff or
> structure. This will be a significant topic in our board meeting next
> week, and I hope we can provide more information after the meeting.
> In the meantime, if anyone would like to offer feedback, I would be very
> happy to hear it. In particular, ideas or suggestions on what our needs
> are and how best to satisfy them. I'm less interested in random
> complaints about this or that committee, I think we're already aware of
> most of the concerns that have been raised, although anyone who thinks
> they know of a problem nobody has ever mentioned before is welcome to
> contact me off-list. I'm more interested in analysis of how our
> committees work, what their strengths and limitations are, what can be
> reasonably expected of them, and how we should fill in the gaps.
> --Michael Snow
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